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KansasFest

An annual Apple II computer convention held every July in Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.kansasfest.org/

KansasFest is the world's only annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer that revolutionized the personal computing industry. Held every year in Kansas City, Missouri, KansasFest invites hobbyists, retrocomputing enthusiasts, and diehard aficionados to gather from all corners of the world. Hackers, programmers, users, gamers, and curious observers come from Hawaii, Massachusetts, Florida, England, Australia, Japan, and many other places by plane, train, bicycle, and Vespa. What do they do once they're at KansasFest? Attendees build, buy, sell, and swap hardware, including Ethernet cards, CompactFlash adaptors, and replacement floppy drives. They code well into the night to compete in the annual HackFest. They give presentations on everything from overlooked software gems to new product demonstrations to emulating the Apple II on modern cell phones. They wander from room to room, checking out and showing off each other's setups, chatting with old friends and making new ones, ordering pizza and making 3 AM trips to Denny's and watching movies like WarGames. KansasFest is about a computer and a camaraderie unlike anything else. The Apple II attracts people of a certain mindset and spirit who exhibit a rare creativity, resilience, dedication, history, and nonconformity. The Apple II has lasted for more than 30 years, and the friendships and memories made at KansasFest will last even longer.

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Jul 31, 2016 Kansasfest
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Every year, the dorm doors of the Kansasfest attendees are decorated, and the resulting photographed doors are shown. The most creative, unusual and thoughtful doors are awarded and highlighted. This year was an excellent crop; at the end, the winners are chosen from the judges.
Topics: Kansasfest, Door, Prize
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Jul 31, 2016 Ken Gagne
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The pizza party is brought to you by Juiced.GS, whose publisher will take the opportunity to share news of the magazine's future.
Topics: Kansafest, Juiced GS
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Jul 31, 2016
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The Apple II Forever Awards are awarded to shining members of the Apple II Community. This year the recipients are 4am, Jason Scott, and Stavros Karatsoridis. Jason Scott receives the award for 4am, and Kevin Savetz receives the award for Jason Scott.
Topic: Kansasfest 2016
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Jul 31, 2016 Kansasfest Staff
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The annual Kansasfest Tie Contest takes place, and with just three contestants it's a rather short affair this year. Afterwards, Sean Fahey makes the announcement of the dates for Kansasfest 2017, to great applause.
Topics: Tie Contest, Kansasfest, 2017
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Jul 31, 2016 Rob Walch
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Rob Walch of  Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware. This year marks his 10th presenting at KansasFest!
Topic: KansasFest iOS
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Jul 30, 2016 Mike Harvey
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Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine. Harvey started his career as a salesperson for IBM and continued with various roles at other major technology companies, including marketing at Burroughs, planning and project management at Xerox, and executive positions with several others. In October 1979, he was between jobs and thought he would start...
Topic: Mike Harvey Keynote
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Jul 30, 2016 Martin Haye
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Martin Haye will demonstrate progress made this year on the Lawless Legends old-west RPG, focusing especially on the tools used to produce it: the Outlaw editor and the Mythos runtime, designed with more than just this one game in mind. There will also be a special surprise.
Topic: Lawless Legends
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Jul 30, 2016 Geoff Weiss
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There is no chance that Adobe will ever develop Photoshop for the Apple IIGS. But, the next best thing will be available during this session. Using the power of GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and python, anybody will be able to create native IIGS graphic images. Convert your favorite picture to the IIGS. Draw new images. Export images straight into IIGS images formats--watch for the release of this component during this session. Bring your computer with GIMP (2.6 or later) and python...
Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Photoshop For the IIgs
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Jul 30, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Steam is the largest online marketplace for PC, Mac, and Linux games, making it easy for independent game developers to distribute their software. But indie game developers often lack the resources of major game studios. What they lack in funding, they make up for in creativity, turning to classic games and genres for inspiration. We'll look at many Steam titles where the Apple II influence is strong, suggesting modern games that will appeal to classic gamers.
Topic: Ken Gagne Steamed Apples
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Jul 30, 2016 Anthony Martino and Henry Courbis
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Learn more about Ultimate Micro’s new replacement power supply for the Apple II. The Universal PSU Kit is designed to be installed in your existing Apple II or /// Power Supply Enclosure and replace your old Power Supply PCB. All connections can be made by the user and are safe, simple, and designed to last for the next decade and beyond of use. The Kit is also uninstallable and the enclosure isn’t modified in any way.
Topic: Ultimate Micro PSU
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Jul 30, 2016 Martin Haye and Dagen Brock
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Opening remarks by Dagen Brock and Martin Haye for KansasFest 2016, held in Kansas City, MO in July of 2016.
Topic: KansasFest Opening
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Jul 29, 2016 Ken Gagne and Kevin Savetz
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Ken Gagne and Kevin Savetz, both experienced in interviews conducted in person, over the phone and over the internet, describe their methods, philosophies and advice for getting the most out of an interview opportunity. They also extensively describe how to MAKE those opportunities happen in the first place.
Topic: Interviews Kevin Savetz Ken Gagne Kansasfest 2016
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Jul 29, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ken Gagne gives the state of the union of Juiced.GS magazine (the longest-published Apple II computer magazine) at KansasFest 2013.
Topics: Apple II, computer magazine, Juiced.GS magazine, KansasFest
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Jul 29, 2016 Quinn Dunki
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The IIc Plus has been a bit of a dark horse in the 8-bit line. It was the only 8-bit that didn't have a full ROM source code listing in the manual, and very little seemed to be known about it. The Technical Reference Manual for it marked Apple's shift away from indulging hobbyists, and more towards locking things down. This will be a talk about Quinn’s odyssey to unlock the mysteries of the IIc Plus, and modify some of its more annoying behaviors.
Topic: KFest 2016 Quinn Dunki Picking Apart The IIc Plus ROM
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Jul 29, 2016 Dagen Brock
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Emulation is a bit of an arms race, with various emulators all chasing perfection of their respective platforms. Developer, Dagen Brock, went on a quest to make some small improvements to the seminal Apple IIGS emulator, KEGS/GSPort. After getting some initial success in modernizing the code, he was ready to really start tearing into the heart of the emulator. This is when he realized that we've been thinking about emulators incorrectly, as single threaded applications which simply sit in front...
Topic: KFest 2016: Emulators: You're Doing It All ROM
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Jul 29, 2016 Peter Neubauer
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A presentation at KansasFest, July 26, 2013 In 1985, computer networking, such as sharing files and printers between computers, was an expensive hodge-podge of proprietary technologies. Apple introduced AppleTalk networking to the foray alongside the original Macintosh. Support for the Apple IIe and IIgs followed. AppleTalk was uniquely low cost, about $50 per computer, and easy to setup. For about 10 years, AppleTalk was Apple’s answer to networking until the Internet with TCP/IP supplanted...
Topics: Apple IIe, LocalTalk, AppleTalk, networking, Macintosh, KansasFest
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Jul 29, 2016 John Lane
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John has written machine language routines to draw characters in double hi-res graphics. Character size is set at 28 pixels wide by 16 scan lines. The routines use black or white characters depending on background color. The background color is one of 8 colors and the colors used are red, DK blue, DK green, brown and their four composite opposites of  aqua, yellow, pink, LT blue. This gives 20 characters across the screen which John believes is optimal for DHR.
Topic: Kansas Fest 2016 John Lane Drawing Text Characters In DHR In Color
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Jul 29, 2016 Brian Wiser and Bill Martens
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Join Brian Wiser and Bill Martens for the latest product announcements and surprises from the A.P.P.L.E. users group and Call-A.P.P.L.E. They've been busy! :-)
Topic: KFest - A.P.P.L.E.'s Blast From The Past
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Jul 29, 2016 Ivan Drucker
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Can you believe it? A2SERVER, A2CLOUD, and Raspple II have received some exciting updates for 2016. For example, did you know you can now get a IIGS on the internet without an Uthernet card? With A2SERVER you can. Come to the session and see what else is in store. If you're unfamiliar, these all use the oh-so-cute Raspberry Pi to enhance your Apple II. A2SERVER is a LAN file server and network boot host for Apple II's. A2CLOUD is an internet access device, file transfer tool, and virtual hard...
Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Ivan Drucker A 2 Server A 2 Cloud And Raspple II 2016
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Jul 28, 2016 Melody Ayres-Griffiths
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Canadian Melody Ayres-Griffiths and her Australian wife April will be demonstrating the successor to their Apple II BASIC interpreter DiscoRunner, the Go-ported quasi-emulator PERCOL-8, a compatible, cloud-connected, 3D-enhanced update to the Apple II environment intended to introduce today's kids to 1980s computing "with the rough edges filed down and sparklers applied." PERCOL-8 provides numerous enhancements while maintaining compatibility with both Integer and Applesoft BASIC,...
Topic: KFest 2016: PERCOL-8: Re-inventing the Apple II for Today's Kids
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Jul 28, 2016 Kathryn Szkotnicki
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Join Kate as she demonstrates how to prepare small parts for mold-making, create the mold, and make copies of small plastic parts.
Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Kathryn Szkotnicki Silicone Molding And Resin
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A historical overview of Apple II data storage and operating systems, from cassette to USB. A presentation at KansasFest — July 26, 2013
Topics: KansasFest, DOS 3.3, Apple II, Apple IIe, ProDOS, Apple II GS, Apple IIGS, GS/OS, Apple II Disk...
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Jul 28, 2016 Stephen Buggie
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A presentation at KansasFest — July 25, 2013 This session will present a variety of hardware innovations that I have developed over the years. Each will be demonstrated and discussed. BUGG-POWER: This is an adaptation of IBM-style power supplies for the IIgs and IIe to eliminate low- power hassles. It was was shown at the 1996 KansasFest meeting and later presented in a magazine article (Juiced GS, Fall 1996). Separate versions are used for the IIgs and IIe/II+. THREE DISK II ENHANCEMENTS:...
Topics: Apple II, Apple IIe, KansasFest, Apple II GS, Apple Iic, Apple //c, Apple IIe
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Jul 28, 2016 Jason Scott
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Infinite Apple II online experiences in the browser producing greater and greater fidelity in recovery of critical computer history, blah blah.... We've now achieved the dream of Apple II emulation - it's ubiquitous, it's in the browser and therefore instant, and it's repeatable. Now let's start treating it like a real technology and utility, and talk about how to work with it. This talk covers the basics of what's going on under the hood, the unique aspects of MAME's emulation of Apple II (and...
Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Jason Scott The Emularity Deep Dive
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Jul 28, 2016 Mark Pilgrim
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From KansasFest 2016, held in Kansas City, MO. In modern times, there has finally emerged a combination of Apple II hardware and software that can preserve most copy protected original disks in their original form. But how can we ensure that such disk images are error-free? Mark will present some promising original research
Topics: Cracking, Passport, Kansasfest
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Jul 28, 2016 Matt Hellinger
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Teach US Kids to Program - Matt Hellinger In his article "Teach US Kids to Write Computer Programs", Douglas Rushkoff notes the following lay- man's analogy regarding our relationship with computers today: Programming a computer is not like being a mechanic. It is the difference between being a driver and a passenger. As a passenger, you rely on your driver to take you where you want to go and even tell you that a certain place exists. Today, most consumers are passengers, but it...
Topics: Apple II, Apple IIe, KansasFest, programming, kids and programming
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Jul 27, 2016 Steven Weyhrich
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From KansasFest 2016, held in Kansas City, MO. Before there was the Internet we know today, enterprising businessmen set out to find a way to make mainframe computers pay for themselves at night. What they created were communities that were tighter than any of today’s Internet web sites. Hear about the rise and fall of The Source, CompuServe, GEnie, Delphi, and America Online, and how they laid the foundation for the online world of today.
Topic: Kansasfest 2016 Steven Weyrich Online Services
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Leveling Up in Classic RPGs the Easy Way - Charles Mangin A presentation at KansasFest on July 25, 2013
Topics: KansasFest, The Bard's Tale, Apple II, Apple IIGS